30th September 8pmCommedia of ErrorsThe Táin
2nd October 8pmLorcan Mc GraneRural Irish Geek
8th October 8pmMend & Mekedo Theatre CompanyLucinda Sly
15th October 8pmCity Theatre CompanyImportance of Being Honest
30th October 8pmBare Bodkin Theatre CompanyFlann's Yer Only Man



Wednesday 30th September 8pm

The Tain


Commedia of Errors

The Queen of Connacht has come North to steal Ulster's legendary Brown Bull. With the men of Ulster sick with the curse, only CúChulainn can stop her. It's a shame he hasn't got two brain cells to rub together. Luckily his trusty servant stands by his side to save the hero from his own stupidity. With the stupid leading the stupider, in a fight against the idiots, who will prevail? There's only one way to find out...

Fresh from its barnstorming debut at the International Theatre Festival in Milan, Italy, come and see why audiences have called it:


'A riotous, breathtaking, hilarious tale of villainy and terror.'

'A laugh riot.'

'Absolutely electrifying and enjoyable.'

'A furiously jolly rollercoaster of a ride, with barrels of laughs.'


Friday 2nd October 8pm

Lorcan Mc Grane

Rural Irish Geek

Resident MC of the Monaghan Arts Network, comedian Lorcan McGrane presents his first theatre show at the New Garage Theatre Monaghan with offbeat and hilarious stories of rural Irish life through a lens of science fiction and superhero geekiness.  This show will answer such questions as why there no rural Irish superheroes,  why people who get abducted by aliens are never good at drawing or taking photographs, and what those mystical hand signals of country tractor drivers mean.   Lorcan has been regaling audiences with his uniquely funny of stories and jokes inspired by comics, action figures and wandering around rural charity shops seeking the geeky strangeness of everyday life.

Starting stand up in 2007, Lorcan has supported such artists as Ardal O’Hanlon, Colin Murphy, Kevin McAleer, Kevin McGahern, and Foil Arms & Hog. He has appeared on Today FM, BBC Ulster, BBC Radio 4, Newstalk, Phantom FM, and the Comedy Corner of Dublin City FM and written comedy pieces for Buzz Magazine, Six Magazine, Temple Bar Review and Sun Zoom Spark


Thursday 8th October 8pm

Mend & Mekedo Theatre Company


Lucinda Sly


John Mc Kenna

In March 1835, ten thousand people crammed the streets of Carlow to see the public hanging of Lucinda Sly and John Dempsey. It was to be the last public hanging of a woman in the town. Sly and Dempsey had been convicted of the murder of Lucinda's husband, Walter. Lucinda was a Protestant, John a Catholic; Lucinda was a landowner, John her labourer; Lucinda was 58 years old, John was less than half her age. They were lovers.John MacKenna's new play is a tale of love, lust, land and murder - a passionate and powerful play intended for over-16s. Lucinda Sly is the first of a trilogy of plays - the Barrow Trilogy - set in the Carlow area, to be produced by Mend & Makedo Theatre Co.


Thursday 15th October 8pm

City Theatre Company


Importance of Being Honest


Billie Traynor

‘From the moment I saw you I distrusted you'

Gwendolen and Cecily, Oscar Wilde’s most famous ladies, meet twenty years later and the barbs are still flying!

1913. High summer. An English country garden.

Cecily Moncrieff is whiling her life away with rose-pruning and interpretative dance, when her eminently respectable sister-in-law, Gwendolen turns up on a surprise visit. Before long, these two old friends are battling it out, once more, over the tea and cake. This time it’s a struggle for whose is the right way of life, as the women face into a century of change and daunting new fashion trends. It’s a meeting of unexpected revelations with some great one-liners along the way!

A comedy of accusations, insults and worst of all, manners!

Deirdre Monaghan, Billie Traynor and Karl Shields

Directed by Liam Halligan


Friday 30th October 8pm

Bare Bodkin Theatre Company


Flann's Yer only Man


Val O'Donnell

Following a very successful presentation of The Great Hunger last January, Bare Bodkin Theatre Co brings Val O' Donnell's hilarious Flann’s Yer Only Man to theGarage Theatre for one night only.
Flann’s Yer Only Man is an entertainment based on the life and work of FlannO’Brien, aka Myles na Gopaleen, aka Brian O’Nolan (1911-1966), who is widely regarded as Ireland’s finest satirist since Jonathan Swift.
Val O’Donnell re-enacts a wide range of extracts from the humorist’s novels and his celebrated Cruiskeen Lawn column in the Irish Times. These are linked with key biographical events in the writer’s life.
Flann’s Yer Only Man was first performed in the Palace Bar, Fleet St., Dublin on 5th October, 2011 the centenary of the writer’s birth. Since then, as well as theatre performances, it has played at Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Festival, the Flann O’Brien Literary Festival in Strabane and the Swift Satire Festival in Trim.

“The (Palace) Bar was host to a wonderful one-man show by Val O’Donnell, titled ‘Flann’s Yer Only Man’- a short journey through the life and legacy of FlannO’Brien.” (Eamon Delaney, Sunday Independent)